Most Read on Newsela Last Week

Here are the top three most read articles on from last week:

3. To climb Morro Rock or not? Question divides 2 Native American tribes

The decision about who is and is not allowed to climb the craggy, dome-shaped Morro Rock in Morro Bay, Calif., pits two Native American tribes against each other in a fight that factors in environment, tradition and religion.


Ask your students to consider each side of the story with these discussion questions:

  • What are the main arguments of the Northern Chumash and Salinan Indian tribes?
  • Do you agree or disagree with one side of the debate?

2. Those rising vegetable prices? Blame California’s warm winters

Warmer-than-usual California winters have translated to a vegetable shortage and a surplus of fruit that is ripening faster than is normal.


You don’t need to be in California to enjoy this article. The state supplies more than half of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States. Get your students thinking about this issue with these questions:

  • How does the fact that vegetables are more expensive affect you?
  • What else would you like to learn about how our food is supplied?

1. Fukushima disaster inspires better emergency-response robots

Robots to the rescue! At least that’s what the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hoping for as they host a robotics competition to create helpful bots that can be sent as emergency responders during disasters.


This article inspires outside-the-box thinking. Spark your students’ curiosity by asking:

  • What did you learn from reading this article that may help you outside of school?
  • Based on the evidence in the article, what are some ways that robots can help people

Did your students pose any other interesting questions? We’d love to hear what they had to say. Tweet us at @Newsela with your comments.